Thursday, April 24, 2014

Vintage Kitchen

A quick visit to the San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles was more than fruitful, pun intended. One of the current, exhibits is Tasty, too! I hope to share the quilts in the exhibit next week, but meanwhile, I thought I'd give you just a taste by sharing photos from the bonus exhibit of potholders. "Culled from a private collection these utilitarian objects each with a food related subject provide a glimpse into our collective delight on the subject of food, eating, and cooking."
 vintage pot holders c. 1940 - 1960 from the collection of Kathy Murphy
Here are a few closer shots of some of my favorites . . .

I actually recognized a couple from our home when I was a child . . . though I'm not sure how I feel about them being classified as "vintage." hmmm.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014


After putting a triangle quilt on my recent quilty bucket list, it seemed serendipitous when I saw The Sassy Quilter announce a Triangle QAL. I didn't waste time picking out a stack of special fat quarters from my stash - Clover Sunshine in Cloudy by Alison Glass Design.
Since I didn't have quite enough prints, I added in some stash solids, and to make the best use of the fabric I did have, I cut my triangles at 9", a bit larger than the norm.
With triangles that large, it was pretty quick work sewing the top together. It measured 46" x 62" once I trimmed the sides.
For backing, I pieced together 2 more stash finds - both are from Carrie Bloomston's Collage by Windham Fabrics. Up close, that purple that reads as solid is really a tone on tone with a great graphic design. And you probably recognize the newspaper stripe, which is a real favorite of mine. Together, they made a great back for this quilt, and just look how they show off the quilting!
Speaking of, I quilted with Aurifil 50wt #2535 (Magenta), which coordinated so well with the back, and just added to the fun the triangles were having on the quilt front.
I quilted simply on either side of every line of each triangle, and then bound the quilt in Modern Solids in Daffodil.
Overall, this was a really fun experience, and I'm happy to mark one off of that bucket list! Hmmm. I wonder what's next . . .

I'll be linking up with the Triangle QAL when it opens next week. This quilt was on my 2014 FAL Q2 list.